Gwilym Simcock is one of the most gifted composers and pianists on the British scene, inhabiting worlds of both classical and jazz and often blurring boundaries between the two.
Trained classically at Chetham’s School of Music, he studied jazz piano at the Royal Academy, graduating with first class honours and the coveted ‘Principal’s Prize’. Since then he has won countless awards and was the first jazz artist to be selected by the BBC for their New Generation Artist Scheme.
Aside from his renowned solo piano work, Gwilym works extensively throughout Europe with the cream of British and international jazz artists. In 2013 he accompanied Nigel Kennedy at the Last Night of the BBC Proms.
Collaboration with leading Russian bassist Yuri Goloubev began in 2005, the two sharing a classical/jazz background. Tonight they celebrate the release of their cd on the ACT label, ‘Reverie at Schloss Elmau’. This follows Simcock’s widely praised solo album ‘Good Days at Schloss Elmau’, which was nominated for the 2011 Mercury Music Prize.
He is a regular at the London Jazz Festival.
"Gwilym Simcock's prodigious creations on the piano straddle the border between classical and jazz to mesmerising effect ... a stupendous improviser and a remarkable musician all round" The Observer.
"I feel confident that Simcock already deserves to occupy the inner circle of the great contemporary pianists along with Mehldau, Jarrett, and Rubalcaba" David Kane, Cadence U.S.A.
"a jaw-droppingly exciting pianist" James Griffiths, The GuardianRead more